DiMartino strike ensures U.S. progress
The U.S. U-17 women's national team stayed alive at the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in New Zealand by tying France 1-1. The result ensured second place in Group C and a trip to the quarterfinals.
The United States will now take on Korea Republic in its quarterfinal match on Nov. 9 at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. Korea Republic won Group D with a 3-0 victory against the England, pushing the English to second place and setting up a meeting with Group C winner Japan in Hamilton. The U.S. and France ended group play tied with four points each, but the USA advanced to the quarterfinals due to a superior goal differential.
The USA-Korea Republic clash kicks off at 4 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET on Nov. 8) and fans can follow it live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker.
Forward Vicki DiMartino scored the U.S. goal in the 57th minute on a long-range-strike from just inside the the penalty area. DiMartino took a short pass from Courtney Verloo and scooped a shot that flew over France goalkeeper Laetitia Philippe into the right corner.
France responded with a stunning 28-yard strike in the 72nd minute from Lea Rubio which beat U.S. goalkeeper Taylor Vancil.
In the other Group C game, Japan routed Paraguay 7-2, scoring all seven goals with 10 players after getting a red card during the first half. In the other quarterfinal matchups on Nov. 8 in Wellington, Denmark faces North Korea, while Germany meets Canada.